CDC: HIV Infections Up Among Black MSM

New HIV-infection rates among young black men who have sex with men rose dramatically during a four-year study, while overall infections in the United States remained relatively stable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Black Community & Gay Marriage, UltraMi & Drag Divas

After gay marriage becomes legal in New York, NoMoreDownLow.TV asks “Is the Black Community Ready for Gay Marriage?” Kelly Rowland, Jill Scott, Rev. Al Sharpton, Mary Mary, Kerry Washington and Steve Harvey all weigh in on the issue.

Watch an exclusive interview with “Don’t Burn Out” recording artist UltraMi, who talks about her wife, family, working with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and how she triumphed over tragedy.

Plus, NoMoreDownLow.TV was on the red carpet at the premiere of “Leave it on the Floor” – a movie musical that was inspired by “Paris is Burning” and hitting the film festival circuit this summer.

And finally, photographer James Hicks talks about the release of his new book “Drag Dolls, Dames and Divas.”

Same-Sex Marriages Prove Good for Business

When New York State approved the Marriage Equality Act it not only gave same sex couples the right to marry but also potentially provided local small business owners a much-needed boost in a troubled economy. Unable to marry previously, many gay and lesbian couples have been eager to flex their new legal rights, creating an influx of business to those in the wedding industry. From jewelers and cake makers to wedding planners, local business owners in the field have seen an uptick in foot traffic and profits, estimated to be $142 million over the next three years. BlackEnterprise.com hit the pavement to investigate.

Katt Williams: Funny or Fail With Lesbian Joke?

A punch line tweeted by rapper-comedian Katt Williams last night has the Twitterverse LOLing all over itself.

“A New Drug Has Been Developed For Lesbians With Depression. It’s Called Trycoxagain,” he wrote Tuesday to his 21,000 followers.

The post has been retweeted over and over, by hundreds of people. One tagged it a #goodjoke. Another volunteered that he was “givin the prescriptions.”

Mass Walk Out At Mclean Funeral

One of the things we worry about once we leave this world as trans people is being disrespected at our funeral services or having our lives and the way we have lived them totally ignored by our grieving relatives.

When you’re an African-American transperson, that concern is magnified because we are still trying to educate our people on our lives, fight through the disinformation on trans issues and reconcile them with our spirituality at the same time.

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